GAVIN TURK /
A project for the 55th Venice Biennale
Opening 28 May 2013, 6:00pm
Exhibition runs from 29 May to 24 November 2013
Curated by James Putnam and Fiona Biggiero
Ass. Curator Vassiliki Tzanakou
On the occasion of the 55th Venice Biennale, the Gervasuti Foundation is proud to present Vanacular, a site-specific project by British artist Gavin Turk. This installation is comprised of a selection of works based on the artist’s ongoing Transit Disaster series. The title is a pun on ‘van’ and ‘vernacular’, a metaphor implying the social connotations that the iconic white Ford van of the ‘90s represents in British society and a paradoxical play on the Venetian urban context, a city without roads. Vanacular reconfigures a language of identity between that which is considered an accident of fate and that which is invested with intent, both in art and in life.
Turk often recycles famous art historical imagery in order to make contemporary societal correlations. Vanacular revives the classic pop-art technique of silk-screen-on-canvas while referencing the works of its most celebrated exponents Andy Warhol and Robert Raushenberg with his 18 metre long Currents (1970).